If you want to teach your children about different bird species and different bird songs than building a bird house is a great idea. Buying a bird house kit is one way of doing that, but making your own bird house is very easy.
If you’re interested in one particular species then it may help to put out a bird feeder too. Different birds prefer different foods as well as different bird houses. By putting out the correct food you increase your chances of your bird using your bird house. Different species like different type of houses. As an educational tool you and your child can do the research on designs.
Birds are particular about the size of the entrance hole and even the size of the bird house itself. You will need to know these things in order to get your birds to live in your house. Especially if you want them to nest there. Your child will be so excited when this happens, and will have learned many new things.
One advantage of the kit is that they are cheap and easy to assemble. But the disadvantage is usually that they’re built cheap and take away your creativity. Also, they may not be designed to specifications required to attract the bird you are looking for. To build your own is to build it right and to make it durable.
If you are doing this project with children they will want to have input into the colors and other things. When we are young we are the most creative. And if you and your child have done research together you will know what you can and can’t do. Creativity with borders is a great life lesson.
If you decide to build your own and you’ve done your research you can find hundreds of free plans on the Internet. One advantage of looking at many different plans is that it will give you many ideas when you decide to build your own. One thing I will warn you though is that you get what you pay for, and if it’s free it probably isn’t the best.
Whether you decide to go with a kit or build your own there are some minimum requirements that you must know about. The good bird house has a sloping roof that overhangs the walls so that the rainwater doesn’t get inside. Usually there are ventilation holes where the eves would be and drain holes in the floor. Not all kits have these requirements.
You can spend quality time with your family and make it a learning experience. I strongly suggest doing this project. It will bring you and your family closer and also closer to nature. When we are lucky enough to see mother nature up close we can truly say that we have been blessed. Learning something new by the child and yourself will build memories that will last forever.
Whichever way you decide to go, whether to buy a bird house kits or build from scratch you should emphasize how much fun you are having. And also, you’re making a difference in the world. By including your children you are opening their eyes to mother nature and possibly changing their lives forever.
When you have completed the project and have yours hanging in the tree and see birds using it you will feel pride and you will get pleasure just from watching our feathered friends. Don’t be surprised if family and friends don’t ask you to make them some bird houses.